Membership is not
required to shop at The Alternative Food Cooperative, but members receive special discounts (up to 12%); special sales prices on some procducts each monty and other offers. Joining the Co-op offers many benefits and is an excellent way to get involved in promoting food grown without pesticides and genetic modifications. You will also be helping a local store strive to provide better nutrition to the public.
What membership means...
It means that the business is owned by its members and that you can have a say in how you think the business should serve the community.
By joining you own a piece of the business and have a vote in general business policies and board member elections.
It means anyone can join the co-op as a Non-worker who receives a discount on member-only sale items and no work commitment is required! Non-working senior members receive a 5% discount on Wednesdays. You can also become a Working member and receive a 6% discount on off the shelf prices in exchange for 2 hours of work a month. Working a mere 2 hours per week will make you a Superworker and you shall receive a whopping 12% discount.
If you choose to work, you will work in a relaxed, easy-going environment with friendly and educated people. Tasks that need doing include cutting cheese, stocking shelves, pricing orders & cleaning up. We also need people to do projects such as publicity, fund raising, graphic art, carpentry and electrical work. We will try to utilize your special skills you have to donate.
It means that the Co-op can use the capital raised through membership to attend to important projects that help the stability, fiscal and physical health of the Co-op.
The many benefits...
*Member-owners participate in a cooperatively owned community business that is dedicated to education, support of sustainable and organic practices and economic democracy.
*Be part of a local community store that strives to provide better foods to the community.
*Discounts off member-only sale items! (Discounts are higher for working members.)
*Ability to pre-order items from our main suppliers.
*Eligibility to participate in committee & development work.
*Right to vote in all board elections and on by-law amendments.
*Opportunity to be elected to the Board of Directors & make a difference!
*Check overwriting privileges up to $20.00.
you choose to work you are given a unique chance to meet other members and work in a congenial & relaxed atmosphere on your
Households: Equity (one-time) $55; Annual dues: $10 per adult (18 years and older) in household
Corporate/Business: Equity (one-time) $60; annual dues: $35
Individuals; Seniors, Students: Equity $55; annual dues: $10 per adult in household
Visit the store today for more information!